Don't you just love that mustard colored velour?!? Yes, I'm being sarcastic, but the uglier it is "before" the better it looks "after". I knew the chair had great potential because of the detailed carving in the legs and the back. I also loved the fact that the back had an upholstered panel on it...that's not something you see everyday in a chair of this style.
Now that you've soaked in the "vintage charm" of the chair, here it is after a dramatic transformation:
And, here is how I did it: The wood was in great shape so I didn't have to do any sanding...SCORE! After I removed the cushions with a screwdriver, I primed the chair with some spray primer and then coated it with glossy red spray paint. While the paint dried overnight, I upholstered the cushions with some discount fabric I picked up for 50% off at JoAnn's. The padding under the old velour fabric was still in good shape, so I simply placed my fabric over it and attached it with a staple gun. After the paint was dry, I screwed the cushions back on, and there you have it!
I love projects like this because I can do them all by myself...no hubby help required. It makes me feel empowered to know I made something beautiful out of a diamond (ok, thorn) in the rough.
Here are some close-up shots:
I love this fabric - it's graphic and so bright and full of cheer. I adore circles and sun bursts in design, the two of which are combined perfectly in this fabric!
I think this would look awesome in a chic boutique or as a desk chair in an all-white office, where it could be the wham-bam focal point. For now it sits in my living room...but I'm hoping to sell this one. We'll see if I can find a taker - someone with a big personality and a lot of style to handle such a high dose of color! In the mean time, I guess I'll pretend that "someone" is me. -Kristen